This post on Healthy is an excerpt of Chapter 10: Physical Qualities.
I care about my health, I exercise, eat right, get enough sleep, and avoid being reckless to reduce injuries to myself and others.
- I regularly get enough sleep and wake up rested and energized
- I eat nutritious food and limit desserts and junk food
- I practice safely and seek to not injure myself or others
- I refrain from anything that would harm my mental or physical health
- I drink lots of water to stay hydrated and avoid sodas or other sugary drinks that hurt my teeth
Isabella’s mom is talking to the mother of one of the newer students, who remarks, “Isabella’s always so energetic. She looks so healthy. What’s your secret?”
Isabella’s mom replies. “Well, Isabella wasn’t always that way. It’s really started with her martial arts training. It’s been easier to convince her to eat the right things. When she reaches bedtime, she’s tired and goes right to sleep. And, I think all this exercise has made her even healthier.”
“Doesn’t all this practice hurt grades and make it harder to eat right?” the other mother asks.
Isabella’s mother replies. “Isabella’s actually improved at school, so I’d say ‘no’. Yes, it’s harder getting meals made, but my husband and I take turns, and Isabella does clean up chores. She knows she needs to help. She’s dedicated to eating healthily, too.”
What’s Going On?
The research agrees with Isabella’s mom. Exercise and good nutrition with plenty of sleep support higher mental and physical function. Exercise has been shown to promote psychological health, too. Using the training, this chapter on physical qualities, and the section,
Nutrition, you are well on your way to improved health. Involving your child in decisions on health will sharpen the quality of his or her health.